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R&B Legend Gladys Knight to Perform at UT Tyler

February 15, 2011

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Knight photo from Cowan Center

Known as the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight is the third Special Event this season at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, according to Susan Thomae-Morphew, executive director.

Sponsored by the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Knight will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Media sponsors are Tyler Morning Telegraph and CBS 19.

Ticket prices are $46, $56, $61, $66, $71 and $76 and can be purchased at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office, 903.566.7424, or online at www.cowancenter.org. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It is a rare opportunity to bring Gladys Knight to the Cowan Center. Her music is loved by so many, and this Vegas-style show featuring a great band with back-up singer/dancers is going to be fantastic,” said Thomae-Morphew.

This show will also feature music from the golden era of song on her album Before Me.

Knight’s show business career spans more than four decades and includes such memorable hits as “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and “Men.”

She has earned seven Grammy Awards, including one for her collaboration on the 1985 hit “That’s What Friends Are For.” Knight has recorded more than 38 albums, scoring #1 hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary.

After a four-year run performing nightly at Las Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel and Casino, she worked on a new album with producer Randy Jackson, who produced the Grammy Award-winning album “At Last.” In December 2010, she released her new single “Settle” on iTunes and Amazon.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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